Dennis Rito: Unlimtxt, An Exploration on Vitural Connectedness

Photographs by Dennis Rito

Project Statement

Mobile phones are impacting societies around the world. In the Philippines, text messaging is considered to be the most exploited service due to its affordability, convenience and immediacy. According to industry estimates, 2 billion text messages were sent everyday from the 60 percent of the population of 90 million who uses mobile phones. This has led to the popular notion of the Philippines as the “texting capital of the world."

I am interested on how mobile technology affects society and the individual. Face-to-face conversation has now been replaced by virtual means thus texting has made it possible to create new unsurveilled and unconventional relationships. Texting also allows its users to create a seemingly private world capable of expressing real and virtual emotions.

Through my photographs I am attempting to explore the texter’s virtual world and invite the viewers to reflect upon what these expressions reveal about their relationship with the intended recipient.

These images are part of an ongoing process that attempts to show the commonality that exists across our social strata through the emotional interaction of this shared task and how that, in part, underpins the fabric of our society.

See more of Dennis' work on his WEBSITE.

Elinor Carucci at SF Camerawork

Elinor Carucci during the book signing at SF Camerawork.
Chronicle Books
released a second revised edition of Closer this fall.

Last Tuesday, Elinor Carucci gave a talk at SF Camerawork. I must admit that sometimes, I find her images difficult to look at but it is for this reason that I was curious to hear her speak about her work. She was soft spoken in front of the audience but she is fearless and passionate about her photographic work.

I learned that she always kept her camera, tripod and lights accessible and she never stores them away. She is able to photograph spontaneously especially when emotional tensions is present within her personal relationships or when she is experiencing it herself. That is how she captures the rawness and honesty that is so distinct in her images.

I especially enjoyed a story she shared while she was giving birth to twins in the hospital. All of sudden, she felt this light coming from above and shining upon her while she was having contractions. “Oh, my God! Is that daylight?” she asked herself. She recounted that the nurses were screaming at her when she insisted that they call her husband to bring her camera and tripod in the room so that she could capture the moment on film. Unfortunately, I cannot find the image anywhere in the web.

Currently she is working on a series called My Children.

Frankie Callaghan

Vulcanizing Shop
Benguet, Philippines
©2006 Frankie Callaghan

It is wonderful to discover Frankie Callaghan's work from the Silverlens Gallery monthly email newsletter. His night photographs are hauntingly peaceful and refreshing to view. He has a distinct eye for capturing geometry in the urban landscape particularly the shanty dwellings in the city. As I looked through his website, I am taken to familiar places I have seen millions of times while living in Manila and yet I feel as if he has transported me to a different world. This is one show I wish I could see.